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Background imageWeapons Collection: Ils ne passeront pas, by Bairnsfather

Ils ne passeront pas, by Bairnsfather
Ils ne passeront pas (They shall not pass) Old soldiers never say die, they'll simply block the way A cartoon by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather in The Bystander, featuring his popular character

Background imageWeapons Collection: New British Sten gun by G. H. Davis

New British Sten gun by G. H. Davis
The Sten gun: the new British machine gun, introduced during the Second World War, explained in detail. It is a simplified Tommy-gun that fires almost any type of 9mm ammunition at 550 rounds per

Background imageWeapons Collection: British 25-pounder field gun by G. H. Davis

British 25-pounder field gun by G. H. Davis
Considered at the time to be the best field gun in the world: the British 25-pounder. Diagrammatic drawings of a famous British weapon

Background imageWeapons Collection: Painting by Hs Power, artillery and horses at Ypres, WW1

Painting by Hs Power, artillery and horses at Ypres, WW1
Painting by the Australian war artist Harold Septimus Power (1877-1971), showing artillery going into action before the Battle of Ypres

Background imageWeapons Collection: Medieval Archer

Medieval Archer
A medieval archer prepares to fire his bow

Background imageWeapons Collection: German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, WW1
German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageWeapons Collection: Indian Smoothbore. 656 in musket, Pattern 1858

Indian Smoothbore. 656 in musket, Pattern 1858
Indian Smoothbore.656 in musket, Pattern 1858, lock dated 1856.Converted from a Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle-musket in India 1858 (c), this exceptionally rare item was part of an original issue of 10

Background imageWeapons Collection: Ancient Roman costume

Ancient Roman costume from the time of the late Roman Republic -- warriors, legionnaires (infantry soldiers), a cavalryman, a centurion, an emperor in purple (red), an ensign bearer

Background imageWeapons Collection: Three Coldstream Guards -- Crimean Braves

Three Coldstream Guards -- Crimean Braves
Three Coldstream Guards posing in uniform, with their weapons, in a photograph entitled Crimean Braves. The men are Joseph Numa, John Potter and James Deal

Background imageWeapons Collection: Soviet propaganda poster

Soviet propaganda poster: a Red Army officer, fearing civil disorder during a strike, asks the citizens to hand in their weapons

Background imageWeapons Collection: WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together

WW2 poster, The British Commonwealth of Nations Together. 1941

Background imageWeapons Collection: Sectional view of a Mills grenade, WW1

Sectional view of a Mills grenade, WW1
Drawing reproduced from a German weekly newspaper article which gave particulars of British and Russian hand grenades. Figs. 1, 2, 3 & 4 illustrate the Mills grenade. Date: 1918

Background imageWeapons Collection: British gunners, Battle of the Somme, WW1

British gunners, Battle of the Somme, WW1
British gunners in action during the Battle of the Somme, First World War. Their guns are on " Percy Scott" mountings, with rather colourful camouflage paint. Date: 1918

Background imageWeapons Collection: The seat of a hero: Spitfire pilots cockpit, 1940

The seat of a hero: Spitfire pilots cockpit, 1940
The cockpit, with its amazing array of dials, is the epitome of intensive mechancial warfare of World War Two. Date: 1940

Background imageWeapons Collection: Italian recruitment poster, Second World War

Italian recruitment poster, Second World War, featuring two soldiers asking the viewer what they are doing for the war effort. 1940s

Background imageWeapons Collection: WW2 poster, Don t be fuel-ish

WW2 poster, Don t be fuel-ish
WW2 poster, The worker who left the lights on -- Don t be fuel-ish. Wasted electricity means less fuel to make the weapons we need for victory

Background imageWeapons Collection: The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon

The Subzeppmarinellin by Heath Robinson, WW1 cartoon
The subzeppmarinellin for making sure of your enemy. All bases covered with this combined submarine and zeppelin from the imagination of William Heath Robinson during the First World War. Date: c.1916

Background imageWeapons Collection: German machine gun in street, Grandpre, France, WW1

German machine gun in street, Grandpre, France, WW1
German machine gun in a street in Grandpre, north eastern France, during the First World War. American troops of the 312nd Machine Gun Company, 78th Division, eventually entered the town

Background imageWeapons Collection: Margaret Murray recruiting for the Jacobites, 1745

Margaret Murray recruiting for the Jacobites, 1745
Margaret Fergusson Murray, Jacobite supporter and wife of (later turncoat) John Murray of Broughton, recruits supporters to the cause and distributes white cockades, the symbol of the Jacobite cause

Background imageWeapons Collection: Painting by Hs Power, War, WW1

Painting by Hs Power, War, WW1
Painting entitled War by the Australian war artist Harold Septimus Power (1877-1971), showing soldiers on horseback, pulling heavy artillery across a field

Background imageWeapons Collection: Design and motto of the Royal Artillery -- Ubique

Design and motto of the Royal Artillery -- Ubique
Design and motto of the Royal Artillery, showing a crown, ornate initials RA in mirror image, a field gun, and the Latin word Ubique, meaning Everywhere

Background imageWeapons Collection: Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme

Coldstreamers in a Great charge by the guards on the Somme
On 15th September 1916, Guards including the Coldstreamers, Grenadiers and the Irish, captured Martinpuich, formerly in German hands and Courcelette and over 2300 prisoners. 15th September 1916

Background imageWeapons Collection: Variety of pistols, incl Colts Deringer pistol / Peacemaker

Variety of pistols, incl Colts Deringer pistol / Peacemaker
A variety of pistols, including Colts Deringer pistol, the Snapchance Revolver, a full-size cartridge, a US Cavalry Colt Sa (Single Action Army - Peacemaker).45 revolver (circa 1877)

Background imageWeapons Collection: Minerva Victorious over ignorance

Minerva Victorious over ignorance
Minervas Victorious over Ignorance. Spranger, Bartholomaeus (1546-1611). Oil on canvas

Background imageWeapons Collection: The Battle of the Balloons

The Battle of the Balloons. A fanciful image depicting four balloons with flags and sails, their passengers in close aerial combat. The opponents appear to be British and French. circa 18th century

Background imageWeapons Collection: David Lloyd George visiting Newport during WW1

David Lloyd George visiting Newport during WW1
David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945), British Liberal Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922. Seen here as Minister of Munitions, visiting Newport, Wales

Background imageWeapons Collection: Musket & Rifles 1800

Musket & Rifles 1800
Muzzle loading musket and rifles A. Brown Bess & bayonet B. Brunswick rifle C. Enfield rifle & bayonet

Background imageWeapons Collection: Unusual Tanks

Unusual Tanks
A selection of tanks shaped like animals

Background imageWeapons Collection: German inventions for war in the air by G. H. Davis

German inventions for war in the air by G. H. Davis
The ingenuity of German scientists applied to the war in the air. Illustrating the methods and machines exploited and used by the Germans during the Second World War. Date: 1945

Background imageWeapons Collection: Gun transport exercise, Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire

Gun transport exercise, Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire
An emergency gun transport exercise taking place at Wentworth Woodhouse, Lord Fitzwilliams residence at Rotherham, Yorkshire

Background imageWeapons Collection: Women working during the First World War

Women working during the First World War. Above: in a weapons factory, filling shells with explosives. Below: an outdoor scene with a woman bus conductor

Background imageWeapons Collection: De Vere, Earl Oxford

De Vere, Earl Oxford
AUBREY (ALBERIC) DE VERE 2ND EARL OF OXFORD Lord High Chamberlain of England, with Adelizia, his consort. He is depicted in full suit mail. Date: - 1215

Background imageWeapons Collection: Soldiers doing target practice on a shooting range

Soldiers doing target practice on a shooting range
A group of men doing target practice on a shooting range before the outbreak of the First World War. Their success or otherwise is written up on various blackboards

Background imageWeapons Collection: Types of Territorials

Types of Territorials
Types of the Territorial Army wearing their various uniforms including the Highland Light Infantry (far left), Rifle Brigade and Royal Engineers

Background imageWeapons Collection: Battle of Salamis

Battle of Salamis
A Persian admiral, the bravest of the brothers of King Xerxes, is killed by the Greeks at the Battle of Salamis

Background imageWeapons Collection: Browning Machine Gun

Browning Machine Gun
BROWNING American inventor John Moses Browning with one of his machine guns

Background imageWeapons Collection: Guns for American Boys

Guns for American Boys
Guns for American boys

Background imageWeapons Collection: British airman dropping a bomb by hand, WW1

British airman dropping a bomb by hand, WW1
A British airman dropping a bomb by hand, in midair, during the First World War. The message on the bomb reads: Hun, Bulgar, Share This Ration. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageWeapons Collection: Attack on the Wexford Rebels, Ireland, 26 May 1798, in response to an uprising at Oulart

Attack on the Wexford Rebels, Ireland, 26 May 1798, in response to an uprising at Oulart Hill led by Father John Murphy (visible on the far right). Date: 1798

Background imageWeapons Collection: B. S. A. Air Rifles, Birmingham Small Arms Company

B. S. A. Air Rifles, Birmingham Small Arms Company
B.S.A. Air Rifles, The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited Date: circa 1910

Background imageWeapons Collection: Dinka warriors - Bor District, South Sudan (Upper Nile)

Dinka warriors - Bor District, South Sudan (Upper Nile)
circa 1910s

Background imageWeapons Collection: Colt Guns and Rifles

Colt Guns and Rifles - breech-loading arms. circa late 19th century

Background imageWeapons Collection: Boer soldiers firing, Second Boer War, South Africa

Boer soldiers firing, Second Boer War, South Africa
Boer soldiers firing at British soldiers during the Second Boer War (1899-1902), South Africa. Date: circa 1900

Background imageWeapons Collection: American Indians scalping

American Indians scalping
American Indian holding up the scalp of a died man, that he has just been in combat with. Date: Circa 1870s

Background imageWeapons Collection: Short Rifle Diagram 1915

Short Rifle Diagram 1915
Multi-part diagram, showing the complex working systems of a short rifle, taking a Lee- Enfield Mark III magazine. Date: 1915

Background imageWeapons Collection: German Tiger tank by G. H. Davis

German Tiger tank by G. H. Davis
The fangs of the Tiger revealed: another German super-weapon whose invincibility has been disproved. Details of the German Mark VI tank, a 56-ton monster whose 88mm gun fires a three foot long shell

Background imageWeapons Collection: German flamethrower WWI

German flamethrower WWI
German flamethower in action on the Western Front during World War I

Background imageWeapons Collection: Loading a V2 Rocket

Loading a V2 Rocket
A V2 rocket on the launch pad. More elaborate than the V1, these were first fired against London on 8 September 1944



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